Now that I’m on a short break from the design world – I’m actually taking notice of all the designer blog email updates I used to consider junk in amongst my daily work grind. While sitting in bed this morning reading my old Kinfolk, I quickly checked the emails and was excited to discover the typographer behind a group of poster quotes I have recently admired, all based around combining an outdoorsy image with an overlap typography quote. Only last week I used a few of them in my Printsagram greeting card order (my annual tradition of buying greeting cards from images on my private instagram account which is loaded up with inspirational images and quotes – meaning I’ll never be without a last minute birthday or thank you card, it’s genious!)
So now I know the name behind these great images of typography – Mark Van Leeuwen – you can follow him on instagram here.
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Tagged with: Graphic Design
Well the most important room of our house is finally finished – the little one’s nursery. We have been slowly working on this room for months now, in no rush or deadline, but just adding things as we find them. The room has gone through a state of clean, to mess, to clean, to ‘can’t open the door’ mess, and then cleaned again. And the whole time I just kept telling myself “the little one won’t even be in here for the first few months, don’t stress”! And we didn’t!
We worked hard to style the nursery on a very economical budget. We managed to recycle some of the items from other rooms in the house – the chair is from a set of two that we had reupholstered a few years ago, and the curtains were from our last house that we hadn’t found a place for yet. The chest of drawers were on sale in the Ikea damaged section (only a slight dent in the front). The rug and lamp were purchased during a Freedom 2-for-1 sale. Most of the prints I have had stored away ready for that “one day when we have a nursery”. And we have been extremely lucky to be given so much in way of clothes, baby products, toys, and even a cot and change table from friends and family. One of favourite pieces is the knitted shawl my Mum made when I was little!
As much as the magazines and books try to sell you hundreds of expensive products, and make you think you need them to survive a baby, the process of setting up a nursery doesn’t need to break the bank. In total, we only spent around $500, yes for every little item. Even if you don’t have the friends and family with hand-me-downs, you just need to look around for second hand items or sales. I can’t stress this enough – don’t waste the money if you don’t have to! On that note – here’s a sneak peak at my new favourite room…
Where to buy // dream catcher – Gypsy Collect & Create / let it be embroidered ring – Alley Cat & Co / hanging garland – Mellsva / Babushka Print – Alexis Winter / Instagram photos – Printsagram / Open Your Eyes Print – Urban Outfitters / Haight Ashbury Pillow – Adairs / No.3 Storage Basket – Target
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Well I am officially on maternity leave, and as much as everyone keeps questioning whether I have gone stir crazy yet – the truth is, I am loving the down time! The first few days were strange, being home, not working, but not on a holiday either! But then, I started to relax on a whole new level, and realized that this time I have to myself now – I may rarely get again for a long, long time! Plus it helps that I can message my bestie (also pregnant) any minute of the day to help keep me occupied (that, and a Californication series marathon).
I have also been hearing the word “nesting” a lot since I finished work. Apparently this nesting time involves the pregnant woman suddenly feeling the urge to clean, cook, pack, unpack, decorate, and anything that pretty much revolves around the household. Our way of preparing the house for maximum habitation for the months ahead. But, when considering that I have had “clean pantry” on my checklist for a few weeks now, I’m not quite sure that I qualify as a nester… (although I have cooked 20 meals for freezing like we are preparing for a bomb shelter!). Instead, I’ve been doing wedding research for my friend (to be married in October), buying and sending presents to my pregnant friends, making too many snack trips to the supermarket, and other non-nesting things. This morning after my shower, I decided to do my hair, put on a new dress and take some maternity shots – myself. Which turned out to be a work-out at the same time – pressing the camera timer, running to the bed or window, and quickly posing before the shutter released. It was exhausting in the end, but am glad I have some pictures to keep (and saved myself a few hundred dollars too!)….
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Tagged with: Baby
When my sister offered to organize me a Baby-Shower, I said “great, I have some cool ideas too”. She replied by kindly telling me that no, with her organizing it, it meant that I got to relax and not do a thing. Me, an event planner, could not quite grasp that concept. Then I remembered, my sister has always been my inspiration, the one who did all the cool things first, so I could probably trust her to throw a party that I would love. And then when a beautiful friend who has known me the best over the past 10 years, also offered to help, I thought “this will be perfect”!
So last Sunday, my closest friends and family joined me for a beautiful day I will cherish forever. We travelled up to Auburn (in the Clare Valley) where my sister had booked a beautiful rustic private room at the back of the local pub/hotel. Two long tables (have I mentioned I loved long tables!) were decorated with stunning colourful flowers arranged in cute vintage jars, designed and arranged by my very talented friend Leanne. (I still have one on my dining room table and only wish it would last forever!). And although I said I wouldn’t do a thing to help organize the day, I was allowed to take care of the guest gifts. Something that I have been planning for months – a Baby Tunes CD! In the fun emotional state that I am in these days, I had a collection of beautiful songs that would either make me cry happy tears, or make me dance around happy, every time I heard them. They were songs and lyrics that would sing straight to my heart and soul at this time in our lives, celebrating this amazing new adventure we are embarking on! So I just had to put them on a CD to share with my nearest and dearests. After a beautiful lunch I got even more spoilt, and was literally ‘showered’ in gifts, I felt so lucky! Throw in a few fun games to play, good chats and catch ups, and the whole day was just perfect. I can’t thank the girls enough for organizing it all x
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